Gold Tenth-Ounce 2015 Year of the Sheep, Coin from United Kingdom - detailed information

Gold Tenth-Ounce 2015 Year of the Sheep, Coin from United Kingdom
CoinGold Tenth-Ounce 2015 Year of the Sheep

Like many other mints, the Royal Mint issues bullion coins in precious metals, having much higher intrinsic value than their face value. The one-tenth ounce (1/10 oz) gold coins are denominated as Ten Pounds (£10) and have been issued since 1987.

These coins are legal tender but are not intended for circulation. They are targeted at bullion investors or collectors who appreciate the special editions as pieces of art. The coins are typically "one-year" types usually issued in parallel with other denominations with the same reverse designs.

The 2015 Year of the Sheep bullion coins are the second issue in the Royal Mint's Shēngxiào Collection - a coin series dedicated to the Chinese Lunar calendar.

As the mint says:
"For centuries The Royal Mint has drawn upon its unrivalled heritage, experience, and craftsmanship to evolve and meet the needs of an ever-changing market. In 2014 we struck the United Kingdom’s first Chinese Lunar coins, introducing a new series and a United Kingdom first. The Shēngxiào Collection, named to honour the Chinese zodiac, is a celebration of the UK’s diverse multi-cultural society. At Chinese New Year, gifts and tokens are exchanged, particularly the gift of money in red envelopes, symbolising good wishes for the recipient’s health, wealth and prosperity. These Lunar coins from The Royal Mint embrace this globally observed tradition, lending a unique British angle to an ancient tradition."

The design of the 2015 Year of the Sheep coins skilfully uses symbolic elements to create a fusion of Chinese and British heritage. Ancient Chinese symbols for the word "sheep" form tree outlines in the background (of the proof version only), whilst two distinctive Yorkshire Swaledale sheep face each other in the foreground. The intricate details of the design highlight their beautiful curled horns in contrast to the swirls of their wool coats.

The coins were issued as "bullion" (Brilliant Uncirculated grade), as well as proofs for collectors.

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Obverse

The obverse of the coins shows the crowned mature head of Queen Elizabeth II facing right (her effigy known as the "Fourth Portrait"). The Queen wears the "Girls of Great Britain and Ireland" diamond tiara, a wedding gift from Queen Mary (Her Majesty's grandmother) in 1947 - which she also has on the Machin and the Gottwald portraits.

In small letters below the head, the artist's initials IRB (for Ian Rank-Broadley).

Around the effigy is the monarch's legend: ELIZABETH ' II ' D ' G REG ' FID ' DEF ' 10 ' POUNDS '. Translated from Latin: Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God, Queen, Defender of the Faith, followed by the value and denomination in English.

Obverse Inscription ELIZABETH ' II ' D ' G REG ' FID ' DEF ' 10 ' POUNDS '
Reverse
United Kingdom / Gold Tenth-Ounce 2015 Year of the Sheep - reverse photo

The reverse design combines elements from both British and Chinese heritage. In the foreground of the design two Yorkshire Swaledale sheep with distinctive curled horns face each other, symbolising family and friendship.

The background is plain on bullion coins; on proof coins, ancient Chinese symbols for the word "sheep" - 羊- form tree outlines.

Around above, the inscription YEAR OF THE SHEEP · 2015. Around above right, beneath the other inscription, the metal composition and content: 1/10 OZ FINE GOLD 999.9 (one tenth of an ounce 99.99% gold). On proof coins this inscription is not present.

Between the two sheep, the Chinese character for "sheep": .

Reverse Inscription YEAR OF THE SHEEP · 2015 1/10 OZ FINE GOLD 999.9 羊
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

While other mints issued "Year of the Goat" coins, the Royal Mint decided to go with "Year of the Sheep". Both animals are recognised as the eighth in the lunar calendar cycle.

Mintage of the bullion coins is unknown; they were distributed in credit-card sized "blister" packaging.

See also

The reverse design was issued in the following formats:
- 5oz gold
- 1oz gold
- 1/4oz gold
- 1/10oz gold
- 5oz silver
- 1oz silver

Gold Tenth-Ounce 2015 Year of the Sheep: Known varieties
Variety BU with content inscription
Mintage Issued: unknown
Details

Brilliant Uncirculated coins with an inscription specifying the metal content.

Variety Proof FDC
Images United Kingdom / Gold Tenth-Ounce 2015 Year of the Sheep / Proof FDC - reverse photo
Mintage Issued: 922
Details

922 issued from 2,888 limit (8 is a "lucky number" in Chinese culture).

Gold Tenth-Ounce 2015 Year of the Sheep: References to Information Used
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All (51) coins of type: Gold Tenth-Ounce (1/10 oz)
Coin NameMintageEffigyLegend
Gold Tenth-Ounce 1987 Britannia unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH ' II ' DEI ' GRATIA ' REGINA ' F ' D ' 10 POUNDS '
Gold Tenth-Ounce 1988 Britannia unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH ' II ' DEI ' GRATIA ' REGINA ' F ' D ' 10 POUNDS '
Gold Tenth-Ounce 1989 Britannia unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH ' II ' DEI ' GRATIA ' REGINA ' F ' D ' 10 POUNDS '
Gold Tenth-Ounce 1990 Britannia unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH ' II ' DEI ' GRATIA ' REGINA ' F ' D ' 10 POUNDS '
Gold Tenth-Ounce 1991 Britannia unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH ' II ' DEI ' GRATIA ' REGINA ' F ' D ' 10 POUNDS '
Gold Tenth-Ounce 1992 Britannia unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH ' II ' DEI ' GRATIA ' REGINA ' F ' D ' 10 POUNDS '
Gold Tenth-Ounce 1993 Britannia unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH ' II ' DEI ' GRATIA ' REGINA ' F ' D ' 10 POUNDS '
Gold Tenth-Ounce 1994 Britannia unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH ' II ' DEI ' GRATIA ' REGINA ' F ' D ' 10 POUNDS '
Gold Tenth-Ounce 1995 Britannia unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH ' II ' DEI ' GRATIA ' REGINA ' F ' D ' 10 POUNDS '
Gold Tenth-Ounce 1996 Britannia unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH ' II ' DEI ' GRATIA ' REGINA ' F ' D ' 10 POUNDS '
Gold Tenth-Ounce 1997 Britannia 2,713 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH ' II ' DEI ' GRATIA ' REGINA ' F ' D ' 10 POUNDS '
Gold Tenth-Ounce 1998 Britannia 1,142 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH ' II ' D ' G REG ' FID ' DEF ' 10 ' POUNDS '
Gold Tenth-Ounce 1999 Britannia unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH ' II ' D ' G REG ' FID ' DEF ' 10 ' POUNDS '
Gold Tenth-Ounce 2000 Britannia unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH ' II ' D ' G REG ' FID ' DEF ' 10 ' POUNDS '
Gold Tenth-Ounce 2001 Britannia unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH ' II ' D ' G REG ' FID ' DEF ' 10 ' POUNDS '
Gold Tenth-Ounce 2002 Britannia unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH ' II ' D ' G REG ' FID ' DEF ' 10 ' POUNDS '
Gold Tenth-Ounce 2003 Britannia unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH ' II ' D ' G REG ' FID ' DEF ' 10 ' POUNDS '
Gold Tenth-Ounce 2004 Britannia unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH ' II ' D ' G REG ' FID ' DEF ' 10 ' POUNDS '
Gold Tenth-Ounce 2005 Britannia 3,081 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH ' II ' D ' G REG ' FID ' DEF ' 10 ' POUNDS '
Gold Tenth-Ounce 2006 Britannia 1,863 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH ' II ' D ' G REG ' FID ' DEF ' 10 ' POUNDS '
Gold Tenth-Ounce 2007 Britannia 2,143 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH ' II ' D ' G REG ' FID ' DEF ' 10 ' POUNDS '
Gold Tenth-Ounce 2008 Britannia 1,998 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH ' II D ' G REG ' FID ' DEF ' 10 ' POUNDS '
Gold Tenth-Ounce 2009 Britannia unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH ' II ' D ' G REG ' FID ' DEF ' 10 ' POUNDS '
Gold Tenth-Ounce 2010 Britannia 5,632 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH ' II ' D ' G REG ' FID ' DEF ' 10 ' POUNDS '
Gold Tenth-Ounce 2011 Britannia 3,511 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH ' II ' D ' G REG ' FID ' DEF ' 10 ' POUNDS '
Gold Tenth-Ounce 2012 Britannia unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH ' II ' D ' G REG ' FID ' DEF ' 10 ' POUNDS '
Gold Tenth-Ounce 2013 Britannia 1,637 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH ' II ' D ' G REG ' FID ' DEF ' 10 ' POUNDS '
Gold Tenth-Ounce 2014 Britannia, Proof 613 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH ' II ' D ' G REG ' FID ' DEF ' 10 ' POUNDS '
Gold Tenth-Ounce 2014 Britannia, Bullion unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH ' II ' D ' G REG ' FID ' DEF ' 10 ' POUNDS '
Gold Tenth-Ounce 2014 Year of the Horse 1,779 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH ' II ' D ' G REG ' FID ' DEF ' 10 ' POUNDS '
Gold Tenth-Ounce 2015 Britannia, Proof 509 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 10 POUNDS ·
Gold Tenth-Ounce 2015 Britannia, Bullion unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH ' II ' D ' G REG ' FID ' DEF ' 10 ' POUNDS '
Gold Tenth-Ounce 2015 Year of the Sheep unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH ' II ' D ' G REG ' FID ' DEF ' 10 ' POUNDS '
Gold Tenth-Ounce 2016 Britannia, Proof 293 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 10 POUNDS ·
Gold Tenth-Ounce 2016 Britannia, Bullion unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 10 POUNDS ·
Gold Tenth-Ounce 2016 Year of the Monkey unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 10 POUNDS ·
Gold Tenth-Ounce 2017 Britannia, Proof 381 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 10 POUNDS ·
Gold Tenth-Ounce 2017 Britannia, Bullion unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 10 POUNDS ·
Gold Tenth-Ounce 2017 Year of the Rooster 980 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 10 POUNDS ·
Gold Tenth-Ounce 2018 Britannia, Proof unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 10 POUNDS ·
Gold Tenth-Ounce 2018 Britannia, Bullion unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 10 POUNDS ·
Gold Tenth-Ounce 2018 Year of the Dog 1,044 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 10 POUNDS ·
Gold Tenth-Ounce 2019 Britannia, Proof unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 10 POUNDS ·
Gold Tenth-Ounce 2019 Britannia, Bullion unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 10 POUNDS ·
Gold Tenth-Ounce 2019 Year of the Pig unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 10 POUNDS ·
Gold Tenth-Ounce 2020 Britannia, Proof unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 10 POUNDS ·
Gold Tenth-Ounce 2020 Britannia, Bullion unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 10 POUNDS ·
Gold Tenth-Ounce 2020 Royal Arms unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 10 POUNDS ·
Gold Tenth-Ounce 2021 Britannia, Proof 265 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 10 POUNDS ·
Gold Tenth-Ounce 2021 Britannia, Bullion unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 10 POUNDS ·
Gold Tenth-Ounce 2022 Britannia, Bullion unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 10 POUNDS ·
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Gold Tenth-Ounce 2015 Year of the Sheep: Details
CountryUnited Kingdom
CurrencyPound Sterling
Coin TypeGold Tenth-Ounce (1/10 oz)
Issued2015
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley
Face Value10 (x Pound)
Mintageunknown
CurrentYes
Material0.9999 Gold
DesignerWuon-Gean Ho
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size16.500 mm
Mass3.130 g
OCC IDNXYD-ENZC-PNLY-EVRB
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Gold Tenth-Ounce 2015 Year of the Sheep: Photos
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Lunar 2015 Year of the Sheep 1/10 oz Gold Coin - Proof
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